Sølve Sundsbø - Photographs London Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | Phillips
  • Catalogue Essay

    As part of a long-time collaboration with Yves Saint Laurent during Tom Ford’s tenure as Creative Director, Sølve Sundsbø took this alluring photograph of Kate Moss for Opium, arguably the most decadent of YSL’s fragrances. For Sundsbø, Ford and Thomas Lenthal, who art directed the campaign, Kate was the most natural choice for representing the luxurious and slightly dangerous Opium fragrance. Sundsbø describes her as ‘an amazing actress on a very small stage’ who personifies a given character or an idea with ease and creates a sense of intimacy and immediacy between herself and the camera. In this stunning photograph, taken in London in 2003, a nod to old Hollywood glamour can be seen in Kate’s corset and suspenders and the use of mirrors.

    Sundsbø successfully works across a range of platforms from photography and fashion to music and film, winning an Emmy® award in 2011 for ‘Fourteen Actors Acting’, a video project for the New York Times, and his work is held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.




Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
Image: 100 x 133 cm (39 3/8 x 52 3/8 in.)
Frame: 128.5 x 157.8 cm (50 5/8 x 62 1/8 in.)

Signed, dated and numbered 1/1 in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount. Accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity.

This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £16,250

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London Auction 18 May 2017